Okay so this is a more serious post, stemming from a personal conversation with a very dear friend of mine who said that she thought it was important to spread the word about these helplines. So I thought I'd do just that, this is basically a list of some helpline numbers in the UK and the USA. This is very important to me. These exist to give support to people in times of crisis, mental distress and bereavement. These issues can effect anyone of any age and at any time. I believe that with the ever growing internet and anonymity that comes with it, it is increasingly important to remember that behind all the blogs, channels, websites, vlogs etc that there are people. People who have feelings and we do not always see what they are going through or how they are really feeling. I've seen a lot of hate recently, on various sites and in particular Youtube. I don't make Youtube videos but I do love Youtube but reading some of the comments on various types of videos has made me quite angry actually. I don't like the fact that people can hide behind usernames or anonymous and basically bully other members of a site. I know a lot of people say they just ignore it but you shouldn't have to ignore it, it just shouldn't happen. The aim of this post is to say, please always think before posting and always stick up for fellow vloggers/bloggers etc, strength in numbers I always say.
Here's the list i've compiled of some hotlines/helplines:
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
Victim Support - 0845 30 30 900
BEAT - 0845 634 1414
Panic Attacks - 01273 776 770
Cruse Bereavement Care - 0844 477 9400
Mind - 0300 123 3393
NEDA - 1-800-931-2237
Suicide Prevention - 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Grief Recovery - 1-800-445-4808
SOS Teen Hotline - 1-800-949-0057
National Victim Center - 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
This is not an exhaustive list but if you or anyone you know ever needs advice or support please don't hesitate to call a hotline or just find someone to talk to. It's important to remember that no one is ever truely alone and the great beauty of the internet is that there will always be someone willing to talk, regardless of time of day or what is going on in their life. Anyway this is a bit random and a diversion away from normal posting but I felt it was important and I hope others feel it is too.
'Always choose life'